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5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality for Your Office

5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality for Your Office

A safe, comfortable work environment is important for employee satisfaction. Considering this, you wouldn’t want employees to use broken equipment or have to sit under a leaky ceiling. And, the same goes for air quality. If your office has poor indoor air quality (IAQ), the employees’ health, productivity and overall comfort will be affected. Here are five things you can do to improve indoor air quality in your office building.

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The Right Office Humidity for Your Building

The Right Office Humidity for Your Building

Office humidity is extremely important for every building. If it’s too high or too low, it can affect your health, the building materials, the equipment and more. According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), uncontrolled humidity levels are one of the main factors for poor indoor air quality (IAQ). So, what is the right humidity level? 

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How Your HVAC System Size Affects Efficiency

How Your HVAC System Size Affects Efficiency

For your commercial HVAC system to run at peak efficiency, it needs to be sized just right for your facility. If not, you could face issues, like higher energy bills or temperature fluctuations. Here’s why HVAC system size impacts efficiency and what goes into calculating the size of your HVAC unit.

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Can You Use a Natural Ventilation System?

Can You Use a Natural Ventilation System?

Ventilation refers to the circulation and exchange of air as a means of purification. In today’s commercial and industrial buildings, ventilation is essential to diluting and removing pollutants. Throughout history, civilizations have harnessed the power of the wind to ventilate indoor spaces. Think of the Roman atrium or the Persian wind catcher. Over the years, mechanical ventilation systems became the standard in industrial buildings. However, in an effort to reduce hydrocarbon emissions, an increasing number of facilities are returning to a natural ventilation system. Here’s what you need to know.

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Cooling Tower Cleaning and Legionnaires’ Disease

Cooling Tower Cleaning and Legionnaires' Disease

Cooling towers can be breeding grounds for Legionella, the bacterium responsible for causing Legionnaires’ disease. As a facility manager or operator, it’s your responsibility to ensure that regular maintenance helps to control Legionella growth and keep your workers and patrons out of harm’s way. Below, you will learn everything you need to know about this serious disease and how you can prevent Legionella in your cooling towers with proper cooling tower cleaning procedures.

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Summer HVAC Tips for Your Office

Summer HVAC Tips for Your Office

When you run a business and have a commercial HVAC system, it can be hard to keep things cool during the summer. The heat is naturally going to seep in. It’s important to make sure that your HVAC system is working properly so that your employees and customers are comfortable. Read on for some summer HVAC tips that can help prepare you for the warmer weather.

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What is an HVAC Economizer?

What is an HVAC Economizer?

If you are interested in generating energy savings in the home, an HVAC economizer may be the way to go. For most homeowners, saving energy is a necessity and upgrading your HVAC system is a great way to see a significant change in overall energy usage. Read on to learn more about the benefits of an HVAC economizer, as well as how it works and where it can be installed.

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Reasons Why Your Commercial A/C Needs Replacement

Reasons Why Your Commercial A/C Needs Replacement

A commercial building requires a large HVAC unit or several units to provide comfort. During the hot summer months, temperatures can rise quickly, and over time a commercial A/C unit or HVAC system will require repairs or even replacement. If the unit is older, consider replacing the system to provide better indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and comfort. But how do you know when its time to replace your unit? Read on to learn about the common signs that your commercial A/C is ready for replacement.

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Airtight Buildings and Energy Performance

Airtight Buildings and Energy Performance

When constructing new buildings today, companies are opting for an airtight facility. Airtight buildings have the ability to increase energy performance and at the same time, lower the facility’s carbon footprint. Before constructing an airtight building, or upgrading a commercial property, it is important to review certain factors. Below is a short guide on airtight buildings and energy performance, providing insight into the pros and cons of sealing a property.

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Eddy Current Testing 101

Eddy Current Testing 101

The term Eddy Current Testing (ECT) uses electromagnetic induction to find flaws and cracks in conductive materials. Specifically, ECT is used in the service and manufacturing industries where tubing, sheet metal, and other slim products created from metal are needed for essential operations. With ECT, electromagnetic fields can detect metal hardness and thickness, heat damage, and more. Testing is completed without harming the test material during the process.

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